The initiative applies to all employees from day one of employment.
Under the new policy, employees of the global snacking brand in Ireland are entitled to take up to 10 weeks of paid leave within the first year of the baby’s birth date.
The policy will also give employees who have pregnant partners the option to take paid time off to attend antenatal classes and appointments.
Changing Family Structures
The initiative applies to various parenting situations, including fathers or a same sex female relationships who are currently only entitled to two weeks statutory leave.
The 10 weeks paid leave is instead of the two-week statutory leave required by Irish law, and not in addition to it.
According to research by RAND Europe – a not-for-profit research institute – in partnership with the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC), a main driver for parents not taking parental leave is due to low or non-existent compensation during their leave.
Kellanova’s new policy aims to challenge traditional gender roles, respecting different family structures and supporting their employees in early parenthood.
Speaking on the new policy, the vice president for human resources at Kellanova Europe Tammy Winnie said, “It is important for us to foster a supportive work environment that extends beyond traditional boundaries and this policy is a reflection of our dedication to the wellbeing of our employees and their families.”
Volodya Babushkin, an employee at Kellanova said, “I am thrilled about the introduction of the co-parent policy and am excited to be one of the first to take an advantage of the new policy and spend a few weeks with my family this year. “
Babushkin continued, “This policy ensures that all parents have the opportunity to actively participate in the crucial early stages of their child's life.”
The company also offers policies focusing on domestic abuse, menopause, pregnancy loss and fertility treatment.
Kellanova Ireland reached its goal of having 50% male and female representation at a manager level and above. It reached this goal three years ahead of schedule.